Dr. Phillip Smith, 61
Dr. Phillip Wayne Smith, 61, of Cridersville, died at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born Sept. 30, 1950, in Augusta, Ga., the son of the late Mildred (Parham) and Wayne Erwin Smith. On July 1, 1972, in Hobbs, N.M., he married Lena Mae Schnaubert, and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Chad Eric (Melissa Ann) Smith, of Louisville, Ky.; a daughter, Angie Lynn (John LeRoy)Carnes, of Wapakoneta; five grandchildren, Seamus Glen Carnes, of Wapakoneta, Shannon Bailey Carnes, of Wapakoneta, Jonathan Phillip Carnes, of Wapakoneta, Kolter Aiden Smith, of Louisville, Ky., and Dalton Alexander Smith, of Louisville, Ky.; and two sisters, Parmella Marie Smith, of Lima, and Juanita Smith, of Asheville, N.C.
He served as pulpit minister of the Church of Christ of Auglaize County in Wapakoneta from May 1995 until his death. He graduated from Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas, and held a masters and a doctorate of Ministry degree from The Theological University of America in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Phil served as East Coast Director of Christ Ambassadors and was certified in church growth and conflict resolution through Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, W. Va. Aside from preaching, he counseled with church members as well as non-members for more than twenty years. Phil graduated from Dade County High school in Trenton, Ga. and entered Abilene Christian University (ACU) where he obtained a minor in Bible and majored in physical education. He was a four-year letterman on the ACU Wildcat football team. Phil met his wife, Lena Mae (Schnaubert), at ACU. They spent 40 years together serving the Lord. He began fulltime ministry in 1975 at Huckabay Church of Christ near Stephenville, Texas. He preached for the Northside Church of Christ in Rankin, Texas from 1986 to 1995 before moving to Wapakoneta in 1995. Phil was also a successful insurance agent through the years and at his death was employed by United Insurance Company. He has volunteered his services and served on the boards of the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Mercy Unlimited, the Crisis Center of Auglaize County and Camp Indogan Christian Youth Camp in Angola, Ind.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Wapakoneta, with the Rev. James Barnes of Monroe, Mich. officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Westminster Cemetery 7726 Bellefontaine Road (Hwy 117).
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be given to the Church of Christ of Auglaize County Mission Program.